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Recipes and Techniques

Pappardelle with Morel Mushrooms

Morel mushrooms are a wild mushroom variety that to my knowledge can’t be farmed or cultivated.  Which is truly a shame, because they are one of the best mushrooms out there.  When I see them in the store, I forget whatever I had planned for dinner, because it’s going to be morel mushroom night come hell or high water.  You can prepare them in a ton of different preparations, but one of my favo

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Grilled Pork Chop with Mango Sauce

I love cooking pork in all it’s wonderful varieties, but a nice thick grilled pork chop is definitely one of my favorites.  There are several different ways to cook pork chops; in this video recipe, I show you a grilled preparation.  Pan, or oven roasting, is great, but the smokiness and char that you can get on the grill adds a unique and delicious flavor all its own, and I’m sure to make gril

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Mango Sauce

Today, in this recipe video, I want to show you how to make a fresh Mango Sauce.  I’ve shown you how to make mango salsa on the site before…it is fresh, light and of course delicious.

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Green Beans Almondine

Green beans almondine is a classic; and in this recipe video, I show you how to make them.  Green beans make a great vegetable side dish for so many meals, and through the simple act of adding a few almonds, and a bit of butter, you elevate the dish in both flavor and “class”.  For this version, I blanch the

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How to Blanch Green Beans

In this cooking video, I show you how to blanch (also called par boil) green beans.  It’s pretty much the same technique I use across most of my green vegetables; it’s very simple to do; and it helps ensure that you have bright green, properly cooked green beans.  Blanching green beans can also be a great time saver, as you can blanch the beans well ahead of when you actually need them, and the

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How to Slice a Potato

Potato dishes come in all kinds of shapes and sizes….and recipes.  Some of those recipes, like potato lyonnaise, require that you slice the potatoes into a thin disks.  While professional chefs and many experienced home cooks might use a mandoline, most folks don’t have one, and have to rely on a standard chef’s knife.  In this cooking video, I show you ho

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Grilled Asparagus

Come Spring, two of my favorite culinary pleasures are grilling and asparagus.  so, in this recipe video, you probably know where I’m going…yes, grilled asparagus.  I love asparagus prepared just about any way, shape or form, but grilling is definitely one of my favorites.  The char and smokiness that you get from grilling, really adds to the flavor of the asparagus, and make it a lot more inte

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Asparagus & Mushroom Pizza

As the seasons change, so do my pizza ingredients.  This recipe, Asparagus Mushroom Pizza is perfect for spring or summer, when the Asparagus is tasty and in season.  The basic techniques are the same, but the asparagus gives the pizza a fresh grassy taste, that offsets the earthy rich mushrooms.  This is a good pizza to play around with the chesse as well.

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How to Brine a Chicken

In this cooking video, I show you how to brine a chicken.  Why bring a chicken you ask?  Well, the best reasons are flavor, and moisture…which, when it comes to chickens, are pretty darn important.  While I don’t use the technique every time I roast a whole bird, I do try to do it whenever I have time.  Brining is not hard or complicated, and it doesn’t required a lot of “active” time - where y

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